Classic books to become London Benches

Paddington Bear bench 50 benches designed by artists and writers to look like open books, have been placed around London.

Literary classics ranging from ‘Peter Pan’ to ‘The Day of the Triffids’ are being celebrated in a series of colourful illustrated benches. Cressida Cowell the ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ creator says “I am so excited to have designed a How to Train Your Dragon book bench and to be part of the National Literacy Trust’s Books about Town campaign to celebrate the wealth of writing and illustrating talent in this country. I am hoping Books about Town will remind Londoners on the streets of the joy of reading books.”

How To Train Your Dragon Bench Literary heroes such as Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Mary Poppins and Hercules Poirot also appear on benches for visitors to find by following literary trails.

The benches will be auctioned at London’s Southbank Centre on 7 October to raise funds for the National Literacy Trust to tackle illiteracy in deprived communities across the UK.

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